Minorities, women and underserved communities are strikingly underrepresented in cybersecurity careers, despite growing cyber threats and an acute talent crunch. Now a Springs nonprofit is on a mission to reach those groups, and fill the growing cybersecurity workforce deficit in southern Colorado. The nonprofit Cyber Institute is working with academic partners and industry to bring […]
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The money has started to flow for Colorado’s sweeping cybersecurity plans, after Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 086 into law at the end of May. SB 086 “Cyber Coding Cryptology for State Records” is the bipartisan bill that funds the requirements of 2016’s House Bill 1453, which created the Governor’s Cybersecurity Council and the […]
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Election security is front and center as the midterms approach, and the National Cybersecurity Center has announced it’s investigating how blockchain can help secure elections — and potentially make widespread mobile voting a reality. The NCC announced a partnership with Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies to work on “Proving Our Democracy,” a pioneering program evaluating new election […]
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Colorado governments — state, county and local — took a critical step in honing cyberattack response plans at the Joint Cyber Workshop Feb. 10-11. For the first time, C-suite level decision makers from government IT organizations across the state joined the workshop in closed-door sessions, to create a memorandum of understanding formalizing Colorado’s cyber incident […]
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The Olympic world stage is not only a proving ground for athletes, but for sophisticated malware, hacks and cyberattacks ready to become household names. While sport isn’t closely tied to cybersecurity in the popular imagination, international sporting events are highly attractive targets for cybercriminals chasing profit and malicious state actors looking to make a point, […]
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The cyber landscape shifted again in 2018. Colorado Senate Bill 18-086 injected much-needed public funding for cybersecurity, the National Cybersecurity Center launched an array of training programs and research initiatives, and c-Watch kicked off its first official cohort. Blockchain bill When Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 086 into law at the end of May, […]
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As a business, who should you trust? Which companies are you confident won’t lose your customers’ information to cybercriminals, or leave a virtual back door open for hackers? Mark Bristow, director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Hunt & Incident Response Team with the Department of Homeland Security, says businesses make a critical […]
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In September, the U.S. government banned all federal agencies from using products from Russian cybersecurity software giant Kaspersky Lab. “The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and […]
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It’s time to stop watching bitcoin and start understanding blockchain. True, the bitcoin rollercoaster is riveting: The cryptocurrency rocketed from $800 per bitcoin in January 2017 to an all-time high of $19,783 Dec. 17, only to plummet to $13,800 on Dec. 22, losing one-third of its value in 24 hours. But blockchain, the technology bitcoin […]
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Colorado Springs is now home to the nation’s first cybersecurity CTSO, thanks to a grassroots push by local cyber educators and students. A CTSO is a Career and Technical Student Organization (prominent examples include DECA and Future Business Leaders of America) and this new CTSO is designed to get kids on to academic and career […]
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If blockchain is unhackable and cryptocurrencies are secure, how did cybercriminals steal 58 billion yen (U.S. $500 million) last month from Coincheck, one of Japan’s largest digital currency exchanges? That’s one of many questions National Cybersecurity Center interim CEO Vance Brown fielded at the NCC’s first blockchain training event, Jan. 30. And the answer was […]
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Steer clear of emails and web sites offering great last-minute deals on FIFA World Cup tickets, flights or hotels — phishing scams are in full swing as teams and fans converge on Russia for the tournament. The first stage kicked off yesterday (June 14) but cybercriminals have been hard at work for weeks, offering fake […]
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